The Dental Implant - The long term solution for missing teeth
Dental Implant. What are they?
A Dental Implant is the most advanced way to replace missing teeth permanently. The procedure is the optimal choice for replacing missing teeth, whatever your age, filling gaps with a crown or dental bridge or to hold loose Dentures in place, known as implant-retained dentures.
The advantages of a dental implant
The adjacent teeth don’t need to be prepared, unlike dental bridges. They simply occupy the space of the original tooth – there are no plates or extra plastic in the mouth, as with dentures.
How does it work?
The Implant acts as the missing tooth root. The process itself is relatively painless and involves placing a tiny titanium screw in the jaw bone where the natural tooth came out, which then fuses with the bone to act as the missing tooth root. A crown or dental bridge can then be fitted, restoring both the teeth and gums.
An initial implant consultation is vital, so we can understand your concerns and expectations. We then carry out a thorough examination to check your suitability for treatment. This will involve taking x-rays of the upper and lower jaw, to check the available bone and to ensure there is no hidden infection or pathology. Impressions and photographs will also be taken.
It is important when considering implant dentistry that you fully understand the treatment and the expected outcomes. There may be alternative treatments you wish to consider, notably a dental bridge or a denture. Once you have discussed the options, we will give you your own personal treatment plan and all the time you need to think things through. If you wish to make a further appointment to discuss any concerns, then we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please call us on 01392 877494 if you would like to know more or to book an appointment.
Dental Implants – Dr Richard Brookshaw
Richard Brookshaw is a peripatetic surgeon who exclusively practices all aspects of implant dentistry, including hard and soft tissue augmentation, sinus grafting and immediate loading. Richard is both nationally and internationally respected as a lecturer and was one of the first five implant dentists in the country to be awarded the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (DipImpDent RCS Ed). He is also one of the few advanced zygomatic implant surgeons worldwide, implementing a specifically adapted protocol developed with his team.
Dr Brookshaw first qualified in 1996 from the University of Dundee. Then in 1999 he gained his Masters degree in Oral Surgery from the University of Sheffield and further extended his clinical qualification in 2001 by completing an 18 month Implant Training Programme.
In 2009, he attained the highest honours award in the implant masters program from University of California Los Angeles/ Gide program.
Richard was also one of the first six in the UK to gain The Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh at its first sitting.
Dr Richard Brookshaw BDS BMedSci (oral surgery) Dip Imp Dent RCS Ed (practice limited to implant dentistry) Dr Brookshaw is one of the few dentists qualified/experienced to provide Zygomatic Implants. Implants used to restore upper arches that have very limited bone and avoids complex surgery. All On 4
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Cheaper long-term solution
A Dental implant is indeed a financial investment, but can work out cheaper than alternative treatments in the long run – thanks to the lifespan of the implant. Please see our price list for further details. For registered patients, we also offer finance for up to 5 years for treatment plans over £500, subject to status and T&Cs.